Course and Accommodation Bookings

Please take a moment to read the contents of this page.

You may book to stay with or without attending a course, be aware course times will be busy and have less availability.

If an accommodation type does not show on the system then that type is not available for the given date and number of nights stay.


If booking a course remember to select the course in the Extras otherwise you are not booked on the course.

If you are not staying overnight in Samye Ling accommodation but wish to attend a course please use the booking system and select the Not Staying accommodation type to book the course and your meals.

We do not operate waiting lists for courses, the booking system is live, as cancellations occur the course will be open to book online.


Full payment is due on arrival either by cash or any of the following cards; Visa Debit/Credit/Delta, Maestro/Switch, Mastercard Credit/Debit - no charges.

We do not take online payments, if you receive any communication purporting to have come from us which asks for payment for a booking please ignore it.

Checking In/Out

Check in time is from 1.30pm. on the day of arrival, rooms cannot be accessed until after 1.30pm.

If you wish to arrive early and take lunch with us please let us know in at least 24 hours in advance by sending an email to, lunch is served 12.30 - 13.00.

Checking out rooms must be empty ready to clean and keys returned by 11am. on the day of departure.

Late Arrivals

If reception has closed when you arrive to help you find your room, a note will be left on the reception door with your room location and number. If your room has a lock the door will be left unlocked. Apologies, but for security reasons we cannot leave your room key out.

If you lock yourself out by accident please contact Ian in room 1 in the Monks Cabin (behind the Tea Rooms).

Please check in, settle your room bill and collect your key from reception in the morning.

Please note that the evening meal is served at 6pm - 7.45pm, so you may want to stop en route for something to eat.


The accommodation prices include meals, the first meal is soup on the day of arrival, the last meal is lunch on the day of departure.

If you wish to take lunch on the day of arrival you must book in advance and there will be a charge for extra meals.

Please be aware we offer vegetarian food and use eggs and dairy products, we regret we can not cater for special diets.

Breakfast usually consists of fresh fruits, non-dairy porridge, cereals, toast and spreads. For lunch the main dish will change but there are vegetables, rice and salad with a pudding which may be fresh fruit. Soup is soup, bread and spreads.

Camping & Camper Vans

You are welcome to book a tent or camper van space and bring your own tent or camper van to Samye Ling but please be aware that we have no dedicated facilities for this type of accommodation.

General Information

If you need to make a change or cancel a booking please email

Booking for the current day closes at 1.30pm, after 1.30pm you may book for tomorrow onward only.

We regret that we are unable to accommodate children and pets overnight.

For more information please see the Guest Information page here.

To Make A Booking

To check availability of Accommodation and/or Course places please enter your arrival date and select the number of nights that you wish to stay, then click the 'Search' button.

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